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3 Reasons to Skip Shipping Your Boat

Subscribe July 03, 2014
Boat Shipping

In some cases, sailboat and yacht transport may not be necessary.

1. If your journey is the destination, you may not need to ship your boat.

We're thinking of our friends, Carl and Roberta, who were able to retire early and now have a summer home in West Michigan. They keep their winter home in Miami. Some couples take cross-country motorcycle vacations together. These two sail.

In the early fall, Carl and Roberta set sail north along Lake Michigan, through the locks at Sault Sainte Marie, down through Lake Huron, out Lakes Erie and Ontario, all the way down the Saint Lawrence River to the Atlantic. They pick up the Intracoastal Waterway and it's smooth sailing from there, so to speak. Along the way, they stop at marinas and touristy port towns where they regularly run into and catch up with fellow travelers whom they've known for years. In late spring, after a winter of sun and sand, they reverse course and head northward for a summer of the same.

Talk about a journey of a 1,000 miles!

If they shipped their boat and traveled by air, they would save time and money on gas, lodging, food, travel incidentals, and the inevitable accumulation of tourist impulse buys. Not to mention wear and tear on the boat's engine room and rigging. But they love the open air and adventuring together. Most importantly, they've both got the time to do it.

2. If you're traveling locally and have your own watercraft transport.

Say you bought a used sailboat for practice while you studied for your captain's license and you're moving it from one marina to another on the same lake. The new marina has better management, better owner facilities, better berths, and easier access from the highway. Since you drive a pickup truck with a hitch, and the boat came with a trailer, it's probably not a bad idea for you to take care of it. Part of your captaining homework should include towing. You need to know how to secure the boat to the trailer, the trailer to the truck, and make sure all turn signals and brake lights work properly.

But, if you and your family are moving across the state, across the country, or around the world, you would be better off hiring professional transport for your vehicles, including boats, so that you can focus on the many other details of the move.

Or maybe you're planning a vacation sailing around the Caribbean in your own vessel, but you can't take too much time away from your thriving professional practice. You might consider hiring professional transport then, too.

3. If it's your dream boat, you may not need boat transport. Yet.

Do you remember the scene in Forrest Gump when Forrest and his best friend Bubba are frightened and miserable in the jungles of Vietnam? They start riffing on shrimp recipes and dreaming about going home and all the shrimp they were going to catch.

They didn't need boat shipping. Yet.

If your dream boat, like the Bubba Gump fleet of shrimpers, is still being built, bookmark this blog for later when you may need to ship your beautiful craft.

Whether it's your maiden voyage or you're an old hand on the seven seas, trust DAS to deliver your boat wherever and whenever you need it. If you're ready now, please give us a call for a free customer quote at 888-817-6203.


No issues to report, service was dependable and reliable. Our car was available before the scheduled date! Very much appreciated!
T. Rosenthal


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